This powder launched in the same collection as the Cushion Complexion (review here) and the illuminating and mattifying primers way back in May/June. This was actually the first thing I received from the collection, and at first I was a little wary of it. I’ve seen many pictures of white setting powders and flash photography together (hint: it doesn’t go well).
I finally got around to testing as I went into summer and less willing to do a full face of makeup. Plus, my only other powder was loose and as I’ve learned before, traveling with loose powders is messy and a general bad idea.
So I brought this powder and the matching Julep foundation all throughout Italy, New York, and all the other places I visited this summer. I’ve been using it so much that I’ve got a pretty big dip in the pan now!
Keep reading to see my thoughts on it!
Let’s talk packaging.
This one is amazing. I’ve been so impressed with Julep’s packaging lately from their STUNNING holiday collection last year (and I’m no-so-patiently waiting for their new holiday collection to drop) as well as everything from this collection! The mirrored packaging looks so high-end and I love how this snaps shut magnetically. It’s got a nice big mirror which I’ve used for applying lipstick in and an applicator that I actually use.
Allow me to repeat that: I actually use the applicator. Do you know how rare that is?
Urban Decay Naked 3 palette aside, there’s no other makeup palette I have that comes with a brush of sorts that I use. The Benefit brushes are awful (although the one that came with my GALifornia mini isn’t too bad), the Milani brushes aren’t much better, and the Winky Lux Bellini palette has a brush that’s oddly flexible. It actually reminds me of a paintbrush.
But this one is amazing! I use it to swipe powder onto everywhere I’ve applied concealer or sometimes pat it into spots where I really want my makeup to stay in place. I even tried applying it once with a brush and it looked a little powdery and white, so I recommend applying it with the sponge.
The cool part is that this applicator is double-sided! On one side there’s a rougher side that I don’t really use as much.
The other side is incredibly soft, and this is the side I use more often. It feels so smooth as I swipe it onto my face.
Here’s the pan looking all perfect before I started using it.
I also love the formula. I’ve used it with two of the foundations I have. First there’s the Julep Cushion complexion and the one I won’t shut up about: the RMS un-cover up. With both, it left my skin looking smooth and perfect with a demi-matte finish. I haven’t used it with my other foundation– the Charlotte Tilbury light foundation because that’s a very dewy foundation and I think setting it with this powder would dull that effect. I prefer to set that with my Kat Von D setting powder because it doesn’t make it fully matte.
For those two foundations though, I love it. It’s been my go to for travel especially and for days when I’m not wearing my Charlotte Tilbury foundation. It keeps my makeup in place and keeps my skin nice and matte all day. I’m not really oily though, so if you have oily skin I wouldn’t depend on it for oil control.
When I’m finished with applying the powder, I spray my face with water (a fine mist) to prevent my skin from looking powdery.
As you can see, it blends seamlessly into my skin once I apply it with the applicator. It doesn’t show up white on my face or in photos which is amazing! There’s absolutely no flashback.
I really recommend this for someone who’s looking for a natural powder that won’t be cakey or have flashback. This is great for travel, on the go touch ups, and the packaging is beautiful (did I mention the huge mirror?) It’s definitely worth it!
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